Sharon Osbourne is 'angry' and 'hurt' since getting fired from 'The Talk'
Sharon Osbourne said she has felt "hurt" and "angry" since she lost her job as co-host on CBS '"The Talk" last month.
On Friday, Osbourne appeared on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher to discuss the racist label and the aftermath of The Talk drama. It was her first interview since leaving the long-running talk show last month.
"I am so many things," Osbourne replied to Mahers. "How are you?"
Maher and Osbourne then summed up the events that led to Osbourne losing her job.
"[Piers Morgan] was labeled a racist and lost his job, and you were labeled a racist and lost your job. Am I right?" Said Maher in his summary of the incident. "Who is the racist and why? I'm trying to find out."
"Me too," said Osbourne, shaking his head. "I've been called so many things in my life. I'm so used to being called by names, but racist is one that I won't take."
"In other words, do you have to be okay with everything Meghan Markle says, or are you a racist?" Maher added. "Is that the standard now? ... If you don't agree with every black person, are you a racist? That seems crazy."
"And I'm sure the royal family was cold for them. Could that be because of racism? Possibly," Maher continued, calling Queen Elizabeth II an "old bag". "But I also think they're just cold for everyone."
The controversy began on March 10th after a heated exchange between Osbourne and her co-hosts, notably Sheryl Underwood. On this episode, Osbourne defended her buddy Morgan, who had finished his appearance on "Good Morning Britain", against allegations of racism against Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, following her interview with Oprah Winfrey with husband Prince Harry. She said at the time that she disagreed with his opinion about the Duchess, only with his right to have her.
Osbourne asked Underwood to explain what Morgan had said about Meghan, who was racist, then added that she felt like she was "put on the electric chair because I have a friend that a lot of people consider racist." hold on, so this does me. " a racist. "
When Underwood tried to answer, Osbourne cut her off. After a commercial break, Osbourne told an Underwood with tears in his eyes not to cry. "If anyone should cry, it should be me," she said. Osbourne publicly apologized the next day.
The exchange led to an internal investigation and ultimately to Osbourne's departure from "The Talk" on March 26th. The show was paused while it was doing its review.
"It's not fair because it's not about being a racist," Osbourne told Maher. "It's about maybe not knowing what is right and waking up to your language that day because it changes day by day," she said, citing Robin DiAngelo's 2018 book White Fragility on racial relations in the USA.
"The idea there is that when you are white you have two options," added Maher. "You are either a racist or a racist and you don't know. I'm not done with that."
But despite the controversy, Osbourne said she was fine. "I'm fine. I'm a fighter."
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.
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